Green Deal changed to help low-income households
The government’s flagship energy program, the Green Deal, is being adjusted to allow an extra 100,000 low-income households a year to receive energy efficiency works.
Reported by insidehousing.co.uk, energy secretary Ed Davey has confirmed that the Green Deal will be made more equitable for social tenants and landlords, who were originally excluded from fuel poverty ECO funding.
ECO funding: Helping the most in need
In addition, egovmonitor.com suggests that the amendment will also be able to help those most in need and properties that are harder to treat by providing loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation services like internal wall cladding, for example.
An increased focus on these poorer areas should see an extra 100,000 homes benefiting from the deal, bringing the overall total to an impressive 230,000 homes a year.
An extra 100,000 homes benefiting from the deal
Pippa Read, policy leader at the National Housing Federation, commented on the amendments:
“It is great that the government has listened to us. But we need to monitor the emerging framework to ensure housing associations are given all the tools they need to deliver for their residents and communities.”
“In addition to confirming that more costly to treat properties will be eligible for ECO funding, the government is encouraging a much more open and transparent approach to bidding for funding and has simplified some of the proposed green deal bureaucracy,” she added.
Author: Ashley Curtis Date Written: 22 June 2012